I've searched everywhere and tried a couple plugins with no success. I'm using WP 3.9.1.

I have to create different ways to show my posts. If they are "standard" they use the single-post.php. That's ok.

If they have an image gallery, I want to change the whole structure. Same thing if they contain a video. I want to change the html structure.

So, instead of creating different custom post types, a thing that creates other problems down the line to take care of, I just want to be able to say to wp "hey, use this template file".

How can I be able to do that? I guess it's about making wp asking the editor "for this post, what template you want to use?" in admin.

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    Have you tried using post formats? codex.wordpress.org/Post_Formats Jul 4, 2014 at 10:56
  • I tried. I added add_theme_support( 'post-formats', array( 'photopost', 'videopost' ) ); in functions.php. I also added add_post_type_support( 'photopost', 'post-formats' ); add_post_type_support( 'videopost', 'post-formats' ); in functions.php. The post edit page show a "format" section, but it only has "standard" as option. Jul 4, 2014 at 11:05
  • Oh, and I also created a photopost-template.php and videopost-template.php files. Both with their own /* Template Name: [..] */ Jul 4, 2014 at 11:12
  • Oooooooh now I get it. There is no such thing as custom post formats, is it? Jul 4, 2014 at 11:20
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    Go and see how the bundled themes make use of post formats. I suggest that you activate twentyfourteen on a local install and play arount with post formats which is activated by default in the twentyfourteen theme Jul 4, 2014 at 11:52

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Use below code for getting post format, simple made condition if post format ="standard" then load your preferred template

 $format = get_post_format();
if($format ="video")
get_template_part( 'format', $format );

Something like this.

  • With something like that I made it work. Inside the single-post.php file i put that kind of conditions after the loop. Something like: if ( has_post_format( 'video' )) { //put the html/php for the video format } elseif ( has_post_format('gallery')) { // put the html/php for the gallery format } else { //put the html/php for the standard post format } Jul 4, 2014 at 16:00

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